Many acres of commercial turf, along with broad weed patches and sections of harvested and furrowed soil, make the Harvard Turf Farm (formerly Tuckahoe Turf Farm) an excellent birding spot. This farm is PRIVATE PROPERTY, but the owner allows birdwatchers to visit under specific conditions. Please respect the owner’s wishes and this site will reward you and others with some great birds.
Park along Ridlon Road (dirt) or on the dirt driveway opposite the turf farm entrance (west of Hubbard Road).
Site Rules — Updated Autumn 2017
- Foot access only.
- Walk on the established access roads.
- This is a working farm. Do not interfere with operations.
- If a rarity is expected to draw a large number of birders, parking should be on Ridlon Road.
Weekends may be better than weekdays, since farm activities tend to scatter the birds.
What to Expect
Geese; shorebirds including golden-plovers, buff-breasted sandpipers, and other prairie/grassland species; horned larks, snow buntings, and other open-country species. The Harvard Turf Farm hosted a Northern Lapwing in November 2012.